The overarching result sought by the Group is that the IASC system, as part of wider efforts, is effectively and efficiently prepared to respond to emergencies and protracted crises. Please refer to Terms of Reference and Ref. Group Work Plan
The Reference Group work plan has 3 inter-related outputs: 1. Common risk-informed understanding of current and potential operational contexts promoted 2. Better preparedness to respond developed 3. Advocacy and advice on the importance of consideration of risk, EW, and preparedness, including through inclusion in discussions and outcomes of relevant global processes and support to the design and implementation of platforms that link risk with readiness and financing
These Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are intended to help catalyse and guide earlier humanitarian and development action to future ENSO-related extreme weather events (including drought, flooding, cyclones and extreme heat/cold and related events such as disease outbreaks). The SOPs outline what actions need to be taken, by whom and by when, once there are warning signs of a possible or impending ENSO event, to mitigate or prevent its impacts. They outline development and humanitarian actions for the international system. While aimed in the first instance at responding to El Niño/La Niña forecasts, these SOPs may in future be reviewed/adapted as needed to apply to non-ENSO-related slow-onset extreme weather events for which early warning is available.
In early 2015, a joint UNICEF/ WFP research initiative supported by DFID and conducted by the Boston Consulting Group established that the average financial return on investment (ROI) for 49 humanitarian preparedness interventions analyzed in high risk contexts is more than 200%. This means that every $1 spent on preparing is worth more than $2 in the event of an emergency. Preparedness was also shown to save responders more than one week of operational time on average – reaching more people faster to save more lives.